Feds approve seven-month extension for Brightline train bonds

From Florida Politics: “The federal government has granted a seven-month extension for All Aboard Florida to sell the $1.15 billion in private equity bonds it intends to use to finance the proposed higher-speed rail expansion that could roll private Brightline passenger trains between South Florida and Orlando. With the extension, the train project continues to roll … Click here to read more

Brightline plans to install Positive Train Control that could have prevented Amtrak crash

From WPTV: Brightline plans to install Positive Train Control before Congress’ 2018 deadline, but in Martin County engineers worry that if that deadline gets extended that trains that one day travel through the Treasure Coast will not have the important technology. … Click here to read more

FL officials propose Hyperloop that could make Miami-to-Orlando trip in 26 minutes

From New Times: “Last week, the company, Hyperloop One, announced it’s working with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials to explore building a Hyperloop between Miami and Orlando … Click here to read more

News4JAX: Martin County school documents show shooter was suspended 48 days

“Documents released by the Martin County School District show the 29-year-old who shot more than 100 people at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub early Sunday morning had a troubled time in high school. As early as third grade, the Florida nightclub shooter talked frequently about sex and violence and before finishing high school was suspended for a total … Click here to read more

PBPost: Treasure Coast still not giving up the fight vs All Aboard Florida

From The Palm Beach Post’s award-winning blogger, Sally Swartz: “The fight to stop All Aboard Florida from ruining Treasure Coast downtowns and neighborhoods, slowing ambulances and endangering pedestrians at railway crossings is far from over.The speedy trains ‘would decimate’ Stuart and other Treasure Coast communities, former American Airlines executive Robert Crandall told Martin County’s League of Women Voters … Click here to read more

Board allows All Aboard Florida to issue bonds

From The News-Tribune: “Members of a Florida bond-financing board unanimously gave permission for a private company to issue $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to build a passenger rail from Miami to Orlando. The Florida Development Finance Board on Wednesday granted All Aboard Florida permission to issue the bonds … Click here to read more

All Aboard Florida gets more time to sell bonds

From The Palm Beach Post: “All Aboard Florida on Friday received a six-month extension to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for its express-passenger rail project between Miami and Orlando. Officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation gave the Coral Gables-based company until Jan. 1 … Click here to read more

PBPost: All Aboard Florida divides likely Dem Senate rivals Patrick Murphy, Alan Grayson

Democratic Reps. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter and Alan Grayson of Orlando previewed a potential 2016 Senate primary clash on Tuesday night when they took opposing sides on an effort to block the All Aboard Florida passenger train. Murphy, who launched a Senate campaign in March, has been a staunch opponent of the planned Miami-to-Orlando train. … Click here to read more

All Aboard Florida: Treasure Coast officials raise concerns about board set to vote on bonds

From The Palm Beach Post: “Treasure Coast officials on Tuesday raised concerns about the makeup of a state board set to decide this month whether All Aboard Florida should receive $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to help fund its express-passenger train service … Click here to read more

First public glimpse into viability of All Aboard Florida’s plans: 5.3 million riders expected by 2020

From The Sun-Sentinel: “The planned passenger rail service, set to begin running in 2017, would initially see about 1 million riders a year, ramping up to 5.3 million a year by 2020 and 7 million by 2030, according to the report prepared by the Louis Berger Group…The numbers offer the first public glimpse into the viability of All Aboard Florida’s plans … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: All Aboard Florida encouraging exploration of more stops

“All Aboard Florida is signaling its willingness to build additional stations between West Palm Beach and Orlando, offering to initiate ridership and environmental studies for communities that identify possible locations. Russell Roberts, vice president of government affairs for All Aboard Florida, spoke last Saturday during a special meeting of the Stuart City Commission … Click here to read more